Monday, October 12, 2020

Modular Home Builders Association Honors First Inductees into Their Hall of Fame

By establishing the Hall of Fame award, the Modular Home Builders Association recognizes the contributions of those whose careers are or were dedicated to our industry or whose acts have had a significant impact on the careers of all others involved.

For 2020, MHBA is inducting the following individuals as its inaugural class:

Thomas (Tom) M. Saltsgiver is president of Muncy Homes, Inc., a modular home manufacturer he founded in 1973 in Muncy, Pennsylvania; In the early 1990s the company was sold to a publicly traded company, and sales began to fall sharply.  In 1996, Saltsgiver re-purchased the company and promised to turn things around – and he did!  In 1997, Muncy Inc generated $38 million in revenue on the sale of 1,100 homes. In 1998, that rose to $57 million on a volume of 1,500 homes.  

Tom has been involved in philanthropic giving and Christian ministry since 1985, when God changed his life. He has served on advisory boards of his church, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Episcopal Renewal Ministries/Acts 29, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, The Sentinel Group, and Regent University.

Donald E. Meske, Founder of Deluxe Building Systems. When Donald E. Meske founded DeLuxe Homes of Pa., Inc. in 1965, he had one objective: to provide affordable, high-quality homes expeditiously. How did Meske’s young company expect to fill such a tall order? One hundred percent control. By controlling construction, delivery and installation, DeLuxe has been able to keep prices down and quality up, while delivering products on time.

Throughout the mid to late 1970s, Deluxe moved into multi-family projects, which included townhouses and small apartments. In 1999, DeLuxe completed an extensive $3.5 million renovation of its manufacturing facility, which included a new concrete batch plant, plus two new roller-track systems to enhance product flow. 

Don was one of the original founders of the Industrialized Housing Manufacturer’s Association in 1977,  the organization that would ultimately grow into what we now call the Modular Home Builders Association.

Charlie Mogish, Co-Founder and President at Haven Homes. Charlie was born on May 3rd, 1939 to the late Charles and Valentine Mogish in Delano, Pa.   Charlie served 3 years in Germany with the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division.

He returned home to marry the love of his life, Margaret Ann Kershetsky, on April 30th, 1959. Mill Hall has been Charlie’s home since 1970 when he moved his family to the area to establish Haven Homes Inc. with his partner and friend, the late Charles Ballard. Together they grew a business that became a leading modular home company in the East coast. Charlie took great pride in the company and truly cared for his employees. 

Charlie was a simple, humble man who found that family and helping others was the best formula for happiness. He was active in local Rotary Clubs and National Habitat for Humanity. Charlie was a carpenter and a great cook. He took pride in creating a home that served as a “safe haven” for his family and friends.

Patrick A. Fricchione, Sr. co-founded Simplex Industries, Inc. in 1971 along with his brothers, Frank, Peter and Henry. He was one of 10 children whose parents and siblings immigrated from Pescopagano, Italy. After serving in the Army in Yokohama during the Japanese occupation immediately after WWII, Pat attended Lafayette College on the GI Bill. While there, he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1952.

After a successful 20 year career at Weston Instruments (now known as Schumberger), both as an engineer and in management, Pat decided to join his brothers in opening Simplex. From the humbling beginnings until his retirement in 1995, he led Simplex to great expansion. Pat always preached quality and his quote of “The bitter taste of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” is still the philosophy of Simplex today.

Pat always believed if the modular industry was to be successful, individual companies needed to band together to be heard as a collective group. This was evident especially when faced with regulatory and sales tax issues. His previous success in helping form an industry electronic instruments association in Houston, TX drove him and four other manufacturers to meet in Harrisburg, PA in the late 1970’s.  At that meeting, this group of pioneers formed the Industrialized Housing Manufacturers’ Association (IHMA). 

Over the years, the association has changed its names from Mid Atlantic Building Systems Association (MABSA) to Modular Building Systems Association (MBSA) to Modular Home Builders Association (MHBA) but it never changed its core value of having a unified voice for the industry.

Pat was an active supporter of the arts, especially opera, and active on many civic and charitable boards in his lifetime. He was most proud of being a founding member and past president of La Festa Italiana in Scranton as it attracts over 100,000 people over the Labor Day Weekend.  Pat passed away in 2014, leaving behind his wife Adeline of 60 years of marriage, four daughters, one son and 11 grandchildren.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Gary, It was absolutely necessary to get these early pioneers into our Hall of Fame. I'd encourage your and your readers to submit names of other worthy candidates for future consideration.